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PARTY INFORMATION

Abbreviation

PRB

Website

Link

Country

United States

Founded

00/00/1869

Disbanded

Active

Priority

325

Database Record

Posted 7/10/2005, Updated 8/17/2009

Historic Overview

The Prohibition Party is the oldest third party in the USA. It has offered candidates consistently since 1872. Although public health issues have been at the forefront of the party's history, it has from time to time emphasized other issues, particularly good government issues. Its history breaks down into five general time frames. The "prophetic" era, 1872-1900. In 1872, the Prohibition Party held its first national nominating convention and welcomed women and blacks as full delegates. Leaders of the earlier temperance campaigns of the 1850s, when half of the nation passed laws banning the manufacture and sale of alcohol, decided to stop working through the two major parties. The party benefited from well-known leaders who brought financial support with them. It was this generation that won the Prohibition Party its reputation of favoring open government (as opposed to the machine politics of the two major parties), resulting in the party's absorption of the Honest Government Party in 1898. This generation of prohibitionists believed that no state should use "states rights" to undermine movements emphasizing moral or public health issues. The organizational years, 1900-1920 Beginning just after 1900, Party leaders moved from an emphasis on "education" to an emphasis of results. National party leaders, particularly Charles R. Jones (1905-1912) and Virgil Hinshaw (1912-1924) developed a plan to achieve prohibition. The plan had three phases: 1) local option laws and state action; 2) getting women the right to vote (since they were much more in favor of prohibition than men); and 3) passing a national constitutional amendment. This generation began to see success in the midterm elections of 1906, and twelve years later they had achieved all the major platform points. The plateau years, 1920-1932 During the years of national prohibition, the political party suffered a series of divisions. Some party members believed that the party had no purpose any longer, while others sought to merge with the major parties - particularly in 1928 when the Prohibition candidates withdrew in favor of Hoover. The long decline, 1932-2000 When Prohibition was repealed, the people who had worked for its adoption came out of the woodwork. Prohibition Party support reached levels not seen in over a decade, and in fact the candidate with the largest all-time vote on the Prohibition ticket ran in 1932. Party members believed that "progressive" politicians had betrayed the movement, which led to a reaction within the party. Although some moderate politicians remained within the Prohibition Party, by the mid-twentieth century, the Prohibition Party was a center-right political group. The decline accelerated after 1980. Between 1980 and 2000, state party organizations floundered or disappeared. Advocates for new leadership lost by one vote at the 1999 national convention. In 2000, the party leader only achieved ballot status in one state - an event that shifted the balance of power in the party. Rebuilding, since 2000 The Prohibition Party divided into two factions in 2003 after the party leader held the national convention and only invited party members who supported his leadership. The majority faction, representing roughly 80% of the party, was shut out of the proceedings. Their leaders vacated his nomination and began to re-organize the party nationally and locally. The majority faction nominated Gene Amondson for President, and his ticket immediately reversed a two-decade decline in votes with the highest support in 16 years, nine times the vote of 2000. The 2005 national mid-term conference approved further plans for rebuilding the party locally and nationally. In 2006, the Party regained ballot status in Florida and organized a new campaign committee in Pennsylvania. With the death of the minority faction leader in late 2003, the movement to re-unify the party has gained traction. The minority faction nominated Amondson as their presidential nominee and has started the process of merging the two national committees. In the meantime, the majority faction has achieved ballot status in four states - currently sponsoring the most Presidential Electors since 1980.


NEWS

Date

Category

Headline

10/1/2007 8:00 pm

General

Is Alcohol Actually Healthy?

10/1/2007 8:00 pm

Study

Alcohol And Health

10/1/2007 8:00 pm

General

Red wine 'protects from colds'

10/1/2007 7:15 pm

News

People who quit drinking can lower their risk of getting a variety of cancers, according to researchers from Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

9/28/2007 7:15 pm

News

Alcohol Abstinence Cuts Cancer Risk

9/27/2007 7:00 pm

News

Daily Drinkers Raise Risk of Breast Cancer

7/2/2007 8:00 pm

News

Breaking News: Prohibition Party Trial Scheduled

2/23/2007 4:15 pm

Study

Smoking changes brain the same way as drugs

6/15/2005 2:00 pm

Contest

Amondson Electors in LA 2004

11/8/2004 12:00 am

Commentary

Prohibition Party Rebounds in 2004

12/4/2003 12:00 am

News

IS THE FIGHT SO BITTER BECAUSE THE STAKES ARE SO SMALL?


BOOKS

DISCUSSION

INFO LINKS

Action Prohibitionists


RECENT CANDIDATES

11/8/2016

US President - Popular Vote

James Hedges

0.00%

11/6/2012

US First Lady

Jean Fellure

0.00%

11/6/2012

US Vice President

Toby Davis

0.00%

11/6/2012

US President - Popular Vote

Lowell J. "Jack" Fellure

0.00%

11/6/2012

LA US President

Lowell J. "Jack" Fellure

0.03%

11/5/2012

OC US President Mock Election

Lowell J. "Jack" Fellure

0.00%

6/21/2011

US President - PRB Convention

Lowell J. "Jack" Fellure

55.56%

6/21/2011

US President - PRB Convention

James Hedges

44.44%

11/4/2008

US First Lady

Rachel Amondson

0.00%

11/4/2008

CO US President

Gene C. Amondson

0.00%

11/4/2008

LA US President

Gene C. Amondson

0.01%

11/4/2008

US President - Popular Vote

Gene C. Amondson

0.00%

11/4/2008

US Vice President

Leroy J. Pletten

0.00%

11/4/2008

FL US President

Gene C. Amondson

0.00%

4/2/2008

2008 OCBL Regular Season

Chron's RC'ers

7.85%

9/18/2007

Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke National Vote - Popular

Beverage

0.01%

9/13/2007

Prb Party Chairman

Gene C. Amondson

100.00%

9/13/2007

US President - PRB Convention

Gene C. Amondson

100.00%

6/12/2007

US President - Prb Convention (Dodge Faction)

Gene C. Amondson

0.00%

6/12/2007

US President - Prb Convention (Dodge Faction)

Earl Dodge

100.00%

2/15/2007

OC Treddie Caucus Chair

Q. Seth Chronicler

57.14%

2/15/2007

OC Third Party Liaison

Q. Seth Chronicler

100.00%

2/14/2007

OC Presidential Residency

Alcohol Treatment Center

9.68%

1/1/2007

Prohibition National Convention Host City

Indianapolis Indiana

100.00%

3/16/2006

OC NCAA Tournament Bracket

Q. Seth Chronicler

4.84%

2/15/2006

OC Secretary of Elections

Q. Seth Chronicler

100.00%

11/8/2005

Thompson Township Tax Assessor

James Hedges

100.00%

6/16/2005

Prb Party Chairman

Gene C. Amondson

93.75%

6/16/2005

Prb Party Chairman

Leroy J. Pletten

6.25%

2/2/2005

OC President - PRB Caucus Endorsement

Thomas Walker

100.00%


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